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Jarvis, Sharon

(1943-    ) US author whose fiction has all been written with collaborators under joint pseudonyms. As Jarrod Comstock she published the These Lawless Worlds sequence of mildly erotic sf in Planetary Romance settings: These Lawless Worlds #1: The Love Machine (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, These Lawless Worlds #2: Scales of Justice (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, and Kingdom Come (1985) solo. As Johanna Hailey she published with Marcia Yvonne Howl (1947-    ) ...

O'Brien, Flann

Pseudonym of Irish author and civil servant Brian O'Nolan or Ó Nualláin (1911-1966), who also wrote – mainly for his 1940-1966 Irish Times newspaper column "Cruiskeen Lawn" ["The Little Overflowing Jug"] – as Myles na Gopaleen ["Myles of the Little Horses" or "Myles of the Ponies"], sometimes rendered Myles na gCopaleen. The Irish Times columns are classics of often fantastic Humour; various selections have been published [see Checklist below], the first and finest ...

Powell, Gerald

Working name of UK author William Gerald Howell Powell Edwards (1891-1955). His All Things New (1926) is an sf tale in which a Scientist, through the power of his Inventions, successfully ends all War. [JC]


The city is the focal point of our civilization, and images of the city of the future bring into sharp relief the expectations and fears with which we imagine the future of civilization. Disenchantment with metropolitan life was evident even while Utopian optimism remained strong, and became remarkably exaggerated in Dystopian images of the future. The growth of the cities during the Industrial Revolution created filthy slums where crime, ill-health and vice flourished, and a new kind of ...

Mack, Thomas D

(?   -?   ) US author of The Greatest Man on Earth (coll 1925), the title story of which features a performer whose heightened senses (see Psi Powers) were created for him by his scientist father. "The Spectre Bullet" (in The Spectre Bullet/The Avenging Note, anth 1932 chap) is a modest contribution to Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series, without significant sf content. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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